The Burns Unit

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The Burns Unit
Origin Scotland
Genres Folk music
Years active 2007–present
Labels Burns Unit
Members Emma Pollock
Future Pilot AKA
Karine Polwart
Kim Edgar
King Creosote
Mattie Foulds
Soom T
Michael Johnston

This article is about the music group. For the medical facility, see Burn center.

The Burns Unit is an eight-piece Scottish-Canadian music group. The band formed in 2006, after the musicians met at Burnsong, a Scottish songwriting retreat.[1] The band members come from varying musical genres including folk, pop and rap, and all have either acclaimed solo careers or are also members of other bands.[2][3] The band had its debut concert in 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Celtic Connections music festival. In 2010, they released their debut album, Side Show.[4]

In 2012, King Creosote noted that he is working on a collaborative album with bandmate Michael Johnston, stating: "I have a half completed album lying in Toronto with my friend Michael Johnston from the Burns Unit".[5]


  1. ^ "The Burns Unit | Emma Pollock | Future Pilot AKA | Karine Polwart | King Creosote | Kim Edgar | Mattie Foulds | Michael Johnston | MC Soom T". Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Music - Review of The Burns Unit - Side Show". BBC. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ Edd McCracken (2011-01-09). "The Burns Unit - Herald Scotland | Arts & Ents | Music Features". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ Robin Denselow (2010-07-29). "The Burns Unit: Side Show | CD review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ Jake Newby (2012-10-01). "Interview: King Creosote - Web extra Q&A with the Scottish folk artist and Fence Collective leader". Time Out Shanghai.